As the country’s numbers continue to rise, wearing a mask properly, maintaining social distancing and hand hygiene will be the three essentials of prevention of COVID-19.
According to Shekhar Kirani, Founding Member ACT Grant and Partner Accel Ventures said, "While India has steadily moved towards unlocking, battling the pandemic needs a unified effort by the authorities at one level and citizens at another level to help control the spread. There is global evidence that face masks help in the slow down of COVID-19 spread. In India, our survey findings have revealed that while there is a high level of awareness around wearing a mask, the compliance is very low or flawed.”
Inconvenience an issue
Breathing issues and inconvenience are key factors behind non-compliance
When it came to non-compliance towards covering face, breathing problems emerged (50%) as a key reason, followed by discomfort and inconvenience at 44%. This was followed by the assumption that as long as social distancing was maintained, a mask was not required as per 45% of respondents.
Youth are indifferent
Further, young people within the age group 26-35 years believe that social distancing suffices as a preventive measure and are indifferent to being infected and are not convinced about the ability of a face mask or cover to control spread of virus.
Compliance towards wearing a mask was seen to be highest among those in the age group of 36-55 years. Only 28% of respondents ensured to be masked-up while taking delivery of groceries or home deliveries.
Are Indians using a mask properly?
When it comes to proper usage of masks, the survey revealed interesting findings:
- Only 50% respondents wear a mask during the entire duration while out of home
- Around 30% put on the mask only when someone is in close vicinity
- Over 73% respondents ensure their masks cover mouth and nose when stepping out
- Women are more compliant and conscious to using masks properly than men
- Users believed handkerchiefs and face shield offered the highest protection with regards to coverage of ears, mouth and nose.
Among the respondents regularly using masks, a clear preference towards N95 masks, cloth masks and surgical masks has emerged in the findings. The N95 mask was most popular, especially among the higher income group. Only around 21% respondents go as far as using a face shield in addition to a mask.
Over 70% of respondents use a mask only while stepping out of home to visit crowded marketplaces or at work. Usage of a dupatta, scarf or chuniri was lowest among recipients.
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The past week has seen hazardous air quality levels in India's National Capital. Delhi has been covered in a thick layer of haze and dust, compromising the health of its residents.
As air quality worsens, a health emergency has been declared in Delhi - schools are closed, cars on the roads have been reduced with the 'odd-even' scheme, and construction has been halted.
The current crisis, that led Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal to describe the National Capital as a 'gas chamber', has turned into the worst in three years. Smog levels have exceeded those of Beijing by more than three times, according to a report in news agency AFP.
Fourteen Indian cities including the capital are among the world's top 15 most polluted cities, according to the World Health Organization.
Even as environmentalists and residents call for measures to fight the pollution, there are some precautions that you need to take to stay safe during such severe conditions.